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For the standards department at the television network ABC, a program called “Good Christian B—-es” is apparently acceptable, but a joke about Barack Obama being a communist just crosses the line.
According to a report in TV Guide, the network clamped down on the upcoming Nov. 2 season premiere of “Last Man Standing,” starring comedian Tim Allen, whose character had been scripted to call the president a commie.
“[Executive producer Tim] Doyle and Allen did have to fight the network and studio on some content,” Michael Schneider reports in the Oct. 15-21 issue of TV Guide. “Specifically, Allen says the standards department took issue with his character calling Obama a communist.
“Allen fought to keep that in – noting he finds it funny when conservatives paint the president with that label,” the report continues, “but it appears he lost that battle, as none of the references made the final cut.”
According to TV Guide, the episode was intentionally designed to tie in to the election only a few days later: Allen’s character, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, debates his daughter, an Obama backer.
“It’ll be something regular people care about, so our characters should care about it,” explained Doyle.
Allen told the magazine the episode goes “back and forth, weighted so it’s like a teeter-totter,” but he wouldn’t divulge who “wins” the in-family debate.
“We all really love Archie Bunker,” Allen told TV Guide. “And that’s where we’re going. I push every button, and love pushing them.”
ABC is no stranger to “pushing buttons.” As WND reported, the network approved a program called “Good Christian B—-es” last year, but later changed the named to “GCB” in the wake of controversy. The program, which depicted catty behavior among Southern Christian belles, was cancelled at the end of its first season.